Education Feature Stories

Bellmawr School District Releases Restart & Recovery Plan for Education

The Road Back – Restart and Recovery Plan for Education 2020-2021 Reopening Academic Plan for the Bellmawr School District was presented at the August 5, 2020 Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

Core Beliefs & Guiding Principles for Reopening Bellmawr Schools:

  • Health and Safety: for all students and staff
  • Communication: Ongoing among all constituents
  • Learning: Uphold the integrity of instructional programs
  • Engagement: Ensure equitable access for all students
  • Wellness: Prioritize social and emotional needs and development
  • Empathy: Caring for one another

Survey Responses

Parents/Guardians were recently surveyed.

One survey question asked: “Given the current situation, what do you believe would be the best course of action for the district in September?”

Parents/Guardians also responded about having their child/ children return to school physically at half capacity following social distancing guidelines.

Parents/Guardians also responded about how they felt about the various precautions being put in place.


  • Temperature screenings will be conducted upon entering school.
  • Isolation rooms will be utilized.
  • All visitors will be screened prior to admittance into the building.
  • Bellmawr staff will conduct self-screenings at home.

Social Distancing

  • All students are sitting at 6 feet apart with the class size from 10-12 students per class.
  • All special area classes are held in the classroom to limit the mixing of cohorts.
  • Grades K-4 lunch will be held in classrooms.
  • Grades 5-8, students will eat lunch in the cafeteria of 6-feet apart.

Face Coverings

  • Parents/Guardians have been asked to begin working on mask or face covering “endurance” so that the child/children are comfortable wearing and gradually building up the time they can tolerate wearing them.
  • There is an exemption for medical concerns.

Enhanced Cleaning Procedures

The district has comprehensive cleaning procedures for all buildings that are being expanded in response to COVID-19.

Extra Curricular Activities

Until February 1, 2021, field trips, extra curricular activities and clubs have been cancelled. There will be no assemblies.

Hybrid Schedule Option 1

Remote Learning Option 2

Special Education

First day of school for students is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Plans are still fluid until the final number of students is ascertained.

Parents/Guardians should be prepared to pivot in the event of school closure.

To view the entire Power Point Presentation, click the image below:

Education Recent News

Bellmawr School District Restart & Recovery Plan to Be Presented August 5; Open Seat on the BOE?

The Bellmawr Board of Education will be holding a Special Meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm in the Bell Oaks Gymnasium to present the Restart and Recovery Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year. Formal action may take place.

Public attendees will be limited to one person per household, masks will be required, and no children will be admitted to ensure the health and safety of all present.

Individual seating will be socially distant. In the event that attendance reaches the maximum allowed under the Governor’s indoor event guidelines, further admission into the building will be closed.

The meeting will be streamed remotely for those who do not attend; details will be posted on the public agenda prior to the meeting, which is available via the district website

Open Seat on the BOE?

We are working to find out if there is a truth to the rumor that there will be an open seat on the BOE due to a member having recently moved. We emailed the Bellmawr School District’s Board Secretary/Business Administrator on July 29, 2020 to ask and will provide an update once that information is received.


We received the following email response from Patrick Doyle on July 30 at 11:31 a.m.

Hi Anne,

We actually just received Ms. [Jody] Mangus’ resignation letter effective 7/31/2020, so we will add it to the agenda for Wednesday’s special meeting; the board doesn’t have to accept the resignation but we’ll add it anyway just to memorialize everything.

Patrick Doyle
School Business Administrator
Bellmawr Public Schools

Education Recent News

Mt. Ephraim School District Offers Free Programs for Children With Disabilities

Child Find Programs for children with disabilities are available through your local school district.

  • Are for eligible children ages 3 to 21 years
  • Are free (regardless of income)
  • Are staffed by caring, certified professionals
  • Are designed to meet individual student’s needs

Mt. Ephraim Public Schools
225 W. Kings Hwy. Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059
Phone: (856) 931-7807 ext. 6061

Programas para Niños con Discapacidades

Disponible a través de su distrito escolar local
• Son elegibles para niños de edades de 3 a 21 años
• Gratis (independientemente de los ingresos)
• Cuentan con profesionales que cuidan, certificados
• Están diseñados para satisfacer las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes

Mt. Ephraim Public Schools
225 W. Kings Hwy. Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059
Fon: (856) 931-7807 ext. 6061

Education Feature Stories

Dunkin’ Awards 25 High School Seniors & College Students With $2,000 in Academic Scholarships to the Institution of Their Choice

Philadelphia, PA. (July 21, 2020) – Dunkin’ and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, today announced the recipients of its eleventh annual Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. The program helps high school seniors and
college students in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware pursue a part-time or full-time undergraduate degree at the institution of their choice.

From more than 1,500 applicants, Dunkin’ and Scholarship America selected 25 students to receive a $2,000 academic scholarship to an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school of their choice for fall 2020.

Dunkin’s Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program was open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students and high school seniors. Dunkin’ awarded a total of $50,000 to the 25 recipients who were selected based on their academic records, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall commitment to their schools and local communities.

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $450,000 in scholarships to 275 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees as a way to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow franchisees, we are honored to award these 25 exceptional students with the 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are so proud to see the scholarship program continue to grow each year and support students in our local
communities. It is an honor to have the opportunity to further students’ educational goals and we look forward to the amazing achievements of these future leaders.”

To celebrate their 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship, each of the student recipients will enjoy a special visit at their residence from the Dunkin’ Community Cruiser.

From July 30th through August 11th, Dunkin’ and its Community Cruiser will celebrate each student by providing a well-deserved coffee break to the recipient’s family and friends. The schedule for the Dunkin’ Community Cruiser visits will be shared with media next week.

The 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients are as follows:

Atlantic County, NJ
• Alexa Lovell-Thompson: Northfield, NJ, Mainland Regional High School
Berks County, PA
• Ethan Kraycik: Douglassville, PA, Berks Catholic High School
Bucks County, PA
• Chris Abraham: Furlong, PA, Central Bucks High School East
• Natalie Yim: Doylestown, PA, Central Bucks High School West
• Gavin Campbell: Chalfont, PA, Central Bucks High School South
Burlington County, NJ
• Arshia Kumar: Burlington, NJ, Burlington City High School
• Veronica Figueroa: Burlington, NJ, Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
Camden County, NJ
• Hannah Crane: Laurel Springs, NJ, Sterling High School
• Andrew Pasco: Haddonfield, NJ, Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
Chester County, PA
• Vijay Anne: Exton, PA, B. Reed Henderson High School
Delaware County, PA
• Talia Snyder: Boothwyn, PA, Chichester High School
• Jake Dunning: Wallingford, PA, Strath Haven High School
Gloucester County, NJ
• Madison Kelly: Sewell, NJ, Paul VI High School
• Abigail Brown: Mickleton, NJ, Kingsway Regional High School
• Allison Martin: Woodbury, NJ, Woodbury Junior/Senior High School
Mercer County, NJ
• Nicholas Vellenga: Ewing, NJ, Ewing High School
• Kaitlyn Young: Robbinsville, NJ, Robbinsville High School
Montgomery County, PA
• Andrew Talone: Norristown, PA, La Salle College High School
• Alyssa Charlton: Glenside, PA, Mount Saint Joseph Academy
• Miah Gresh: Schwenksville, PA, Perkiomen Valley High School
New Castle County, DE
• Sam Oberly: Wilmington, DE, Concord High School
Northampton County, PA
• Olivia Watson: Easton, PA, Easton Area High School
Philadelphia County, PA
• Cianni Williams: Philadelphia, PA, Germantown Academy
• Jessica Lvov: Philadelphia, PA, Central High School
Salem County, NJ
• Leigha Jackson: Pittsgrove, NJ, Arthur P Schalick High School

About Dunkin’:

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 14 years running.

The company has more than 13,100 restaurants in 41 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

About Scholarship America:

Scholarship America was founded in 1958, on the revolutionary idea that community support of scholarships could bring college education within reach for millions of students who couldn’t otherwise afford it. Today, we continue those efforts to make post-secondary success a possibility for all students.

Scholarship America supports 13,000 scholarship and education
assistance programs across the nation and around the world.

Community Calendar Education

JFS’ Village by the Shore Programs in August Stay Virtually Connected with These Fun Events

Margate, NJ (July 15, 2020) – Enjoy some cool JFS Village by the Shore virtual programs during this hot summer season. Here’s your chance to participate in unique and entertaining activities while continuing to socialize safely at home. In August, the Village will host eight interactive, thought-provoking and creative programs for you.

DIY Container Garden
Tuesday, August 4 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Embrace your green thumb and join us for an informative session on creating your own manageable container garden. You’ll learn how to grow and care for herbs and vegetables for display on your porch, deck or balcony. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by July 31.

The Positivity Project
Thursday, August 6 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join JFS Wellness Coordinator Mary Jean Arreola and Village Membership Director Tina Serota to discover ways to boost your wellness – mind, body and soul. Each month features a new topic including self-care, mindfulness, gratitude, meditation, resiliency and more. RSVP by August 3.

Magic in Watercolor
Tuesday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 25 from 10:30am to 12pm each day
Join local artist Diane Hark as she guides you through the art of watercolors. Initial supplies including paints and watercolor cold press tablet will be provided to the first 11 registered participants. Attendees must supply their own paper towels and have access to a computer and printer. The class is open to all levels of experience. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by August 4 (for the August 11 program) and RSVP by August 18 (for the August 25 program).

Memoir Workshop
Thursday, August 13 from 10:30am to 12pm
Experience the thrill of capturing your life’s adventures, history, ancestry and more at our Memoir Workshop led by award-winning author and Drexel University Professor of Creative Writing, Harriet Levin Millan. You must have a laptop or pen and paper to enjoy the full experience of the workshop. RSVP by August 11.

Comfort Cuisine
Tuesday, August 18 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join us as we share our favorite recipes and the memories they invoke. This month, we’ll focus on delicious Summer Soups and Main Course Salads. Be sure to send a copy of your favorite recipe to Tina Serota at by August 11. Don’t forget to include your special memory and keep an eye out for guest chefs. RSVP by August 11.

Coffee Klatch
Thursday, August 20 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Our world in 60 minutes! Insightful, animated and fast-paced conversation with friends spanning “both sides of the aisle and the middle.” Share your thoughts on politics, technology, world events, the arts and more. This program is moderated by JFS Village by the Shore Membership Director Tina Serota. RSVP by August 14.

Trivial Game Day
Thursday, August 27 from 4pm to 5pm
With more than 6,000 questions covering an array of topics including science, geography, history, music, theater, movies and more, you can test your knowledge and compete for the top prize during this fun program. RSVP by August 25.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free for community members to participate, so invite your friends, family and neighbors. You must RSVP to participate in any of the programs by contacting Tina Serota at 609.287.8872 or A Zoom link or call-in number for each program will be e-mailed or provided to you.

Village by the Shore is a membership program for adults over the age of 50. The program provides Intergenerational Events, Transportation, Grocery Shopping and Delivery, Kosher Meals on Wheels and more. For information or to join Village by the Shore, contact Tina Serota at 609.287-8872 or or visit

About Jewish Family Service:

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

For more information or to keep up-to-date with JFS events and programs, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.